NewTeeVee’s Next Big Thing List for 2009

GESTURETEK

HQ: Sunnyvale, Calif.

Founding date: 1987
Funding: Undisclosed amount from investors including NTT DoCoMo and Telefonica
Employees: Under 100

It may be odd that an old-school company is coming up with one of our “next big things,” but maybe the next big thing has just finally caught up with it. As millions of video choices make their way to your TV set, the pushing of up, down, left and right buttons through an on-screen grid just won’t cut it. To that end, GestureTek creates software that translates your body’s movements into controls for your TV. Think: that neat-o Minority Report computer, or swiping on your iPhone on steroids; just raise and wave your hands to increase the volume or change the channel. A new world of teevee requires a new way to control it and gesture-based controls are changing the way we think about how we interact with our devices. (C.A.)

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